I have a two-year-old. I am worried about her choking. A friends child choked on a dry bean he found on the floor and now I am having a lot of anxiety about everything. I know that finding something on the floor could happen any time but what else do I need to look for?
Two-year-olds have lots of energy and want to explore everything and the first thing they do is stick their find in their mouth. Be careful with things like hard candy as well. A two-year-old could suck something like this down their throat. Just be vigilant and if you see your child chewing on something that you don’t know about, run your finger around his or her mouth and check it out.
You can take a paper towel tube and if the toy can fit inside the tube without being compressed then it’s a choking hazard and should be kept away from your two-year-old. Also if you think the toy might break into small parts throw it away or don’t buy it. Choose toys with labels that give age and safety recommendations. Keep older children’s toys away from younger kids and select toys appropriate for your two-year-old. Kids will surprise you with what they can find that will go in their mouth.